COVID-19 is Back in Sancti Spiritus, Central Cuba

This was announced by Dr. Francisco Durán García, national director of Epidemiology at the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, in today’s press conference

Arelys García Acosta

sanitary measures to prevent covid-19 transmission
Health authorities insist on the permanent use of face masks.
(Photo: Vicente Brito / Escambray).

After four months without reporting indigenous transmission cases, four people were reported infected with SARS-CoV-2 on Tuesday in Sancti Spiritus, central Cuba.

In the usual press conference broadcast daily on Cuban television, Dr. Francisco Durán García, national director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, said that this province accumulates 79 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to Dr. Yurién Negrín Calvo, from the Provincial Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, the new cases come from the municipalities of Sancti Spiritus (one) and Jatibonico (three). The first got infected in Matanzas while the other three had contact with sick people from the nearby province of Ciego de Avila.

Dr. Negrín Calvo insisted on the need for strict compliance with health regulations to prevent the spread of the disease in the territory and stressed the importance of avoiding travelling to other municipalities and provinces as much as possible.

This province, where no cases of indigenous transmission have been reported since last May 9, has the medical and paramedical assistance personnel to face the pandemic, as well as the institutional infrastructure for it, she added.

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